A celebration of the Dragon Boat Festival will take place on the River Cam at Jesus Green on Sunday 5th June, 2016. Dragon boats will be racing along the Cam, a spectacle not to be missed!

The Dragon Boat Festival is a major festival in the Chinese calendar.

Zongzi (sticky rice, wrapped in bamboo leaves) are traditionally eaten during the Duanwu Festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar.

A popular belief amongst the Chinese of eating zongzi involved commemorating the death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese poet from the kingdom of Chu who lived during the Warring States period. Known for his patriotism, Qu Yuan tried unsuccessfully to warn his king and countrymen against the expansionism of their Qin neighbors. When the Qin general Bai Qi took Yingdu, the Chu capital, in 278 BC, Qu Yuan's grief was so intense that he drowned himself in the Miluo river after penning the Lament for Ying. According to legend, packets of rice were thrown into the river to prevent the fish from eating the poet's body and these evolves to the varieties of Zongzi we have in the modern day.

Further details of this event will be posted closer to the date. For more information you can contact the organisers directly. This event is being organised jointly by the Cambridge Chinese Association, Cambridge Chinese Community Centre, Cambridge University Chinese Students and Scholars Association and The Cambridge Chinese School. Contact Peter Lee MBE on 07885 171809 or Andrew Tse on 07825 093678.

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